TELETHON 2004 RAISES $2,867,467

08 Nov 2004, 03:54:49 PM

Final Tally

This year's new look TELETHON 2004 has concluded and at 8.55pm the grand total ticked over at $2,867,467. Western Australian's from as far away as Kununurra and from every suburb of Perth generously gave their money to help the WA's sick children.

This year's tally surpassed the 2003 total by approximately $250,000.

Donations

The Telethon 2003 Regional Home was auctioned for $630,000. And the Telethon metropolitan home was auctioned for 620,000. The Toyota Telethon Trek presented a donation of $501,000.

Other significant donations ranged from children donating their 0.50 cents pocket money to Bunnings $120,000. Plus one of the biggest public donations was received from Iris Curley of $50,000.

The Stars

Over 20 Seven Network personalities flew in from around Australia including Telethon first timers John Howard (All Saints), Wil Traval (All Saints), Perth boys Mark Priestly and Natalie Saleeba (All Saints) Melissa Doyle (Sunrise), Chris Hemsworth (Home and Away), Jason Smith (Home and Away), Jesse Tobin, Ben Hewitt and Jennifer Hardy (Big Avo) and Perth girl Samantha Tolj, who is the newest recruit on Blue Heelers plus Perth's favourite couple from My Restaurant Rules Ash and Amanda Huish.

Return guests included Blue Heelers Ditch Davey, Simone McAullay and Martin Sacks who attended his 11th consecutive Telethon. Andrew O'Keefe (Deal or No Deal), Rob Palmer from Room For Improvement and Better Homes and Gardens, David Koch and Natalie Barr (Sunrise), Mel Symons from Ground Force and Molly Meldrum.

Entertainment veteran Stuart Wagstaff returned for his 32nd Telethon, while musically Jimmy Barnes, Kate Cebrano, Cristian Alexanda, Emmanuel Carella, Eran James, Evermore, Joel Turner, Kate Alexa, Miranda Murphy from Popstars Live, Rob Mills, Selwyn and Tammin Sursock from Home and Away.

The biggest star of all (Telethon Child for 2004) Tayla Divitini stole the show with her charismatic and inspirational personality that reached all of Perth. Due to her charming spirit never before has the city been so acutely aware of Telethon's presence.

Managing Director Chris Wharton was delighted with the way the whole weekend went. 'The facilities at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre are 1st class. It's been a slice of television history, the longest continuous broadcast outside a television studio ever.'

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